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Oliver Renn: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2017

Name Dr. Oliver Renn
Inf.zentrum Chemie Biologie Phar.
ETH Zürich, HCI J 57.5
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 29 64
DepartmentChemistry and Applied Biosciences

511-0007-00LScientific Writing and Presenting Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 24.
2 credits2GG. Schneider, J. Dolenc, J. A. Hiss, J.‑C. Leroux, O. Renn, J. Schnabl
AbstractThis introductory class provides an overview of the basic scientific writing techniques and a guideline to presenting scientific data, together with guided exercises and hands-on training. It is devised to accompany the research projects within the curriculum of the MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
ObjectiveThe class enables the participants to prepare their own scientific texts and oral presentations, and critically assess the quality of the presentation of scientific data.
ContentThe participants receive an introduction to basic formal aspects of scientific writing and the design of graphical elements. Lectures and topical seminars alternate with practical task for the participants, which will be evaluated in a peer-to-peer setting. Performance feedback is provided by both the teachers and the peers.
529-0195-00LScientific Information Retrieval & Management in Life Sciences and Chemistry2 credits2VO. Renn, J. Dolenc
AbstractStudents will learn how to effectively retrieve, critically judge, analyze and manage published scientific information - important skill sets in chemistry and life sciences where scientists need to deal with vast amounts of information. The course, using practical examples, also covers scientific writing, visualizations, science communication and state-of-the-art technologies such as text mining.
ObjectiveAbility to select appropriate, subject-specific databases or tools for a given specific scientific question based on a sound understanding on how a tool or database has been developed and maintained, thus building the personal capacity of doing research effectively and efficiently by integrating scientific information into the research process when needed. Ability to communicate own scientific results using additional distribution channels. Ability to easily write-up the Ph.D. thesis or first paper.
ContentThe course has been primarily designed for Ph.D. students, also for the Life Science Zurich Graduate School, but is also open to Master students. In a series of 13 units, which always include practical examples (for some lectures an own notebook is required), the use of scientific information is taught not in a database-centric view but corresponding to the steps through which scientific research is conducted - including the dissemination of scientific results. This is particularly interesting for students who are about to write-up their first paper or thesis.
Students will learn about the different types of information resources and tools, get an insight into the numerous databases and tools that exists and how those are built and maintained, enabling them to critically judge the value and trustworthy of a information resource. Additionally, they will learn how to communicate their own scientific results properly, using also additional measures that are reflected by alternative metrics.
The following topics are covered:
1. The World of Scientific Publishing: Basics, Publishing Models
2. Searching and Retrieving Scientific Information Using Search Engines and Literature Databases
3. Searching and Retrieving Scientific Information Using Subject-specific Databases in Chemistry and Material Sciences
4. Searching and Retrieving Scientific Information Using Subject-Specific Databases in Life Sciences
5. Tools for Analyzing Scientific Information
6. Tools for Managing Scientific Information and Sharing Knowledge
7. Patents
8. Text(Literature) and Data Mining
9. Visualization of Molecules
10. Scientific Writing, Good Design & Good Scientific Practice
11. Communicating & Analyzing the Impact of (Your) Science
Lecture notesThe slide deck and supplementary materials will be made available in the teaching document repository (ILIAS) after each lecture.
LiteratureAdditional literature and reference are provided in the course material.